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post #2836 of 17729

That's definitely one thing that I've noticed about the HD800s. They really put a magnifying glass on every little change you make to your chain. They're honestly a tube-roller's dream haha xD

 

Kojaku

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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

You guys are killing me.  My HD800 are suppose to be in on Thursday so I'll be the new guy. cool.gif Really looking forward to them. popcorn.gif

In the mean time, enjoying my HE500 (did I really type this on the HD800 threadblink.gif.. oops)

 

After you have that taste, your thirst will only get larger. Stax, other TOTL headphones will be next. Once you hear something like HD 800s, there is no going back. beerchug.gif

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Or won't be next wink.gif
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Heard the 007.. yes, very nice.  I've decided that I'm a one headphone guy (plus portable) so I'm going to build a reasonable system around the HD800. Got a line on the Cardas Clear HD800 cable (3M) and if I can get a good price on it, I'm in. HE500 are already up for sale.

At this point in my life, it's about simplicity so I'll try with the Schiit Stack or go for the Woo WA7.

But this is HeadFi.. I keep posting and have been through the HD600, HD650, HD700 and the HE500 (plus HD25, vModa M80, SR80i) in the past two years... who am I kidding?

 

I've actually finished off my main A/V system and am pretty happy with it.. Martin Logan, Rotel, Oppo, PS Audio (see the pics in my profile). I definitely want to get there with my HeadFi system.

 

I'm hoping the HD800/Schiit stack or Woo WA7 will do it for me... but what did I say, this is HeadFi.. stay tuned wink_face.gif

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Originally Posted by jackskelly View Post

 

After you have that taste, your thirst will only get larger. Stax, other TOTL headphones will be next. Once you hear something like HD 800s, there is no going back. beerchug.gif

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Originally Posted by jackskelly View Post

 

After you have that taste, your thirst will only get larger. Stax, other TOTL headphones will be next. Once you hear something like HD 800s, there is no going back. beerchug.gif

 

That sounds like where I'm headed now :)

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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

Heard the 007.. yes, very nice.  I've decided that I'm a one headphone guy (plus portable) so I'm going to build a reasonable system around the HD800. Got a line on the Cardas Clear HD800 cable (3M) and if I can get a good price on it, I'm in. HE500 are already up for sale.

At this point in my life, it's about simplicity so I'll try with the Schiit Stack or go for the Woo WA7.

But this is HeadFi.. I keep posting and have been through the HD600, HD650, HD700 and the HE500 (plus HD25, vModa M80, SR80i) in the past two years... who am I kidding?

 

I've actually finished off my main A/V system and am pretty happy with it.. Martin Logan, Rotel, Oppo, PS Audio (see the pics in my profile). I definitely want to get there with my HeadFi system.

 

I'm hoping the HD800/Schiit stack or Woo WA7 will do it for me... but what did I say, this is HeadFi.. stay tuned wink_face.gif

I'm not sure the Cardas is the way to go for the HD800. I would try a more mellow cable with a solid bass like my Moon Audio Black Dragon (I use a 15-footer, so I can verify that it does well in 

a longer length). I have never heard the Cardas with the HD800, but I'm not a fan of the Cardas with the HD600/650, which is too prominent in the upper mids, which is not what you want with the HD800s.

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Canare wire with a balanced 4-pin. Simply spectacular and also inexpensive (well, compared to the artsy offerings being bandied about here).

Despite some opinions to the contrary, the stock single-ended cable is damn good but doesn't have the bling factor, which could be the reason for much of the dismissive commentary.
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Just thought some pics would be nice on this thread haha. Got my new stand in today:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kojaku

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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

Got a line on the Cardas Clear HD800 cable (3M) and if I can get a good price on it, I'm in. 

 

I'll echo what has been said.  If by good price you mean ~$300, have at it, otherwise you have better options.

post #2845 of 17729

I just lost my HD 800s for two weeks for "repairs" (it was loose when I got it already), I'm stuck with a $10 Logitech USB Trashset.

Even listening to music is impossible now, I guess no music for two weeks! (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻

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Thanks all!  I have a Q cable on my HE500 which I absolutely love.  May just re-terminate with HD800 connectors which would be much cheaper.

I was pretty happy with the stock cable on my HD700 and had no thoughts of replacing it.  May feel the same with the HD800. Since it will probably be my only full size headphone, yes, looking at blinging it out.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

 

I'll echo what has been said.  If by good price you mean ~$300, have at it, otherwise you have better options.


Edited by MickeyVee - 5/22/13 at 8:29am
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Originally Posted by MelvinV View Post

I swear by uranium nuclear-reactor-core cable amplifiers, the nuclear reactor multiplies the electrons which causes a fuller and amplified sound. Volume control is done by shortening a bit of the cable in the amplifier itself. The extreme decay and deadly gamma rays also prevent interference from reaching the audio signal. I hand-craft these cable amplifiers in my Russian bunker with a chemo suit.
Availible now for a steal of $99,95 per cm!


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Edited by NightFlight - 5/22/13 at 11:51am
post #2848 of 17729
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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

Here's the thread on the Uber Upgrade. I did the upgrade last night and the difference was immediately noticeable.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/661444/schiit-bifrost-uber-analog-upgrade
I cant specifically talk to the HD800... yet... but with the HE-500 the bass tightened up, better extension across the spectrum and smoother mids and highs with less grain. I'm suspecting that I'm getting more detail also but it's hard to tell. It seems a little brighter but that may be due to the upper end extension/detail. Need to spend some more time with it.
I didn't do the Gen2 USB upgrade. I do have both USB and optical hooked up with my MacMini but it's really hard to tell the difference. Maybe when I get the HD800...
Hope this helps, M


I did my before/after tests with the 24/96 Rumors album. The recording has to have detail to really appreciate the detail in the uber upgrade. Boy does that album/recording have it in spades. You're going to love the 800s.
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Opinion on Bifrost Uber + Lyr for the HD800s? Nightflight I see that you happen to be running that, how's that working out for you? Also what tubes have you seemed to like the most for the Lyr?

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I found HD800 with HM901 balanced amp module is quite viable as portable setup, really impressed by the juice inside this black box.

The vintage mode just fits HD800's sound signature perfectly with add warmth in the mids and weight in the bass. First time I found HD800 to sound good with pop, vocal stuff.


Edited by czqdtc - 5/22/13 at 8:16pm
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